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Ignition!

An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants
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Ignition! is the inside story of the Cold War era search for a rocket propellant that could be trusted to take man into space. A favorite of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, listeners will want to tune into this "really good book on rocket[s]," available for the first time in audio. 

Ignition! is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. 

Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John Drury Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise that eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. A classic work in the history of science, listeners will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.

©2018 John Drury Clark (P)2018 Random House Audio

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  • Joe K
  • 19/09/2018

Fun and informative.

The author has a fun writing style. It's an interesting look back at the evolution of rocket propellant, even if you are not great at chemistry.

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  • joseph
  • 30/08/2018

fun science

An interesting and rare approach to practical science and a fun read to boot. enjoy

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  • Alexander Douglass
  • 01/02/2019

Great chemistry book with original humor.

Great book for someone looking for a history of rocket propulsion. written for those who are actually interested in the topic. potentially too much chemistry for a casual listening to benefit.

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  • Andrew J.
  • 29/09/2018

you don't need to know chemistry.

hilarious anecdotes about explosions and government contracting. if you don't know any chemistry at the start you'll know some at the end.

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  • Greg
  • 15/09/2018

A fascinating look into high end chemistry

One for the chemistry buff!!!

Makes me feel like I wasted my youth creating ridiculously expensive precious metal acids, when I could have been making rocket fuels, oh to bed few decades older.

A fascinating look at chemistry & chemical engineering back when not everything wasn't already known and people risked life & limb for their knowledge.

Bravo to the narrator, so many devilishly complicated chemical names delivered flawlessly, if he doesn't have a degree with a chemical background ....

OK, to be fair if you don't have a science or engineering degree this might be heavy going, but if you do it reminds you of the first time you blew things up.

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  • C. Tipton
  • 03/07/2018

An audiobook only flawed by the unavoidable.

In audiobook format, it should many of the complaints - poor scanning and the like - that going the print book. it is read with spirit and clarity. Its only downfall is an artifact of the type of book and the audio format, that is, reading out chemical and mathematical formula.

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  • Warren
  • 08/06/2018

very interesting dive into rocketry history

this was a very interesting dive into rocketry history, covering as many fuels as possible.

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  • Nick
  • 04/03/2019

a good laugh, whisper sync essential

equation heavy chunks are page/screen essential, but the best of this book is a good laugh.

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  • Eric Walden
  • 22/02/2019

Interesting but incomprehensible to a layman

Fascinating history that to someone in the industry and with the chemistry background to comprehend the details of what is delivered must be a great book. I am not, so the endless recitation of chemical formulas became difficult to stay interested in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21/02/2019

Great book on crazy hard subject

I've had to listen to it multiple times to understand even a little, but it is so interesting and educational that it has been easy to do.

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  • Tobias Funke
  • 05/06/2018

Just an opinion

It would have been vastly better if Scott Manley had read the book. Still its great fun to listen to.

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